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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Oct 10, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Valid copyright?

This one has a 2009 Alpha copyright notice. (see attached) Valid? Bogus?

http://www.archive.org/details/LouisianaHussy_319



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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Oct 10, 2011 3:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

It's Alpha Video so I'd say Bogus but I'm no copy right expert. Best if Bill or Moon was to check it out.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 10, 2011 3:13pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

The notice itself isn't in the form of a valid notice, but movies released after 1989 don't need one anyway. The copyright filed with USCO shows that they're claiming copyright based on added sound effects. A new audio track is a basis for copyright. The movie should be removed. If the audio track is removed it could stay, but who'd want to watch it?

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PAu003405001 / 2009-07-15
Application Title: Louisiana Hussy {ALP 5807}.
Title: Louisiana Hussy.
Description: Videodisc (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors. Address: PO Box 101, Narberth, Pa. 19072.
Date of Creation: 2009
Authorship on Application: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors, employer for hire; Domicile: United States.
Pre-existing Material: Motion Picture Preexisting; Louisiana Hussy - Directed By Lee Sholem.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: Newly Created Sound Effects As Well As Credit Sequence.
Copyright Note: Regarding new material included: Credits not copyrightable. Authority Compendium II 202.02(a)

Names: Gotham Distributing Corp.
Alpha Video Distributors


This post was modified by billbarstad on 2011-10-10 22:13:40

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Poster: elmagno Date: Oct 10, 2011 3:54pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

My cynicism is deep. But that's just me. "Newly Created Sound Effect"' means? I guess we won't know unless an original version is found for comparison.

I can't yet find a copy. But this kind of claim can possibly mean:

1) Hire the New York Philharmonic and spruce this thing way up.

2) Bongo drums discreetly added in the bar scene.

3) Beagle barks when camera cuts to full moon.

4) Ambient noise in editing room while adding iron-on copyright notice.

I like Beagles, especially my own little Button, but she doesn't play orchestral or even bongos. Sweet little bark, I'll have to admit.


This post was modified by elmagno on 2011-10-10 22:54:56

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Oct 10, 2011 10:09pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

3) Beagle barks when camera cuts to full moon.

That's my guess, also.

Alpha has done this with other p.d. films.

In this case, the Sinister Cinema version could be uploaded.
http://store.sinistercinema.com/prostores/servlet/Detail?no=18378


This post was modified by Moongleam on 2011-10-11 05:09:33

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Oct 10, 2011 10:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

Sort of figured this would be the story when I saw the tacked-on opening. Nevertheless I thought it should be checked to make sure. Thanks.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Oct 10, 2011 11:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

I've noticed Sinister has been making little "content additions" on some of the films they distribute, such as tacked-on titles sequences. I found this on more than one on a recent order.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 11, 2011 12:27pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

And that's why after 25 years I will no longer order from Sinister, after buying a couple of movies at exorbitant prices from them, only to see the main title tossed out and replaced by new title cards that could have been made by a 5-year-old using MS Paint. I'd rather purchase Alpha Video releases on Amazon Marketplace for a few dollars.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Oct 11, 2011 5:31pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

Can I get a witness?:)
Seriously, this sort of practice makes the watermarks tolerable. Plus the price is too much for a DVD-R that is nothing more than a VHS transfer. If I'm going to pay that kind of price for a dvd, then let it be a REAL dvd with a REAL digital transfer. I find 'em all the time in stores and on Amazon for about ten bucks (sometimes after I've bought Sinister's product). One example is THE MUTATIONS. Sinister had the full screen 16mm print and right after I bought it I found it in Best Buy under the title THE FREAKMAKER, letterboxed and with extras, for less money. Go figure.

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2011-10-12 00:31:36

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 11, 2011 6:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

AMEN, Brother! :)

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Poster: FriendUs Date: Oct 10, 2011 4:02pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Valid copyright?

It's rumoured that even the added sounds of seals farting subliminally may justify a brand-new copyright

SEE: Brian Wilson's PET SOUNDS